Power Star Pavan Kalyan:
Name: Pavan Kalyan
Birth Name: Kalyan Konidela
Title: Power Star
Profession: Actor, Writer, Stunt master, Director, Producer, Playback singer, Screenplay writer, Choreographer
Date of Birth: 2 September 1971
Birth Place: Mogultur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Height: 5′ 11″
Mother Tongue: Telugu
Father – Konidela Venkata Rao
Mother – Anjana Devi
Elder brothers – Chiranjeevi (Telugu Actor), Nagendra Babu (actor & producer)
Sisters -Vijaya Durga, Madhavi
Brother-in law – Allu Aravind
Nephews – Ram Charan Teja
Son-in-law – Allu Arjun
Nieces – Srija, Sushmita
Sisters-in law -Surekha, Padmaja
Spouse – Nandini (Divorced) , Renu Desai
Son – Akira Nandan
Film Actor: Akkada Ammayi – Ikkada Abbayi
Writer: Johny (2003) (screenplay) (story)
Stunts: Khushi (2001) (stunts)
Director: Johnny (2003)
Choreography: Gudumba Shankar
Martial Art: Well versed in Akido martial art
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Hobbies: Reading books and planting saplings
Rose to fame: Toli Prema
Admires: A.M. Rathnam, P.C. Sreeram.
Remuneration: 12 crores (rumored in 2010)
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Quote: It’s a criminal waste to idle away your life. If you aren’t sleeping you must keep yourself engaged doing something constructive. That is good also for people around you because you radiate positive vibes
Konidela Kalyan Babu, youngest brother of the Telugu Matinee Idol Megastar Chiranjeevi christened his name as Pavan Kalyan with his first film Akkada Ammayi Ikkada Abbayi in 1996.
Today Pavan Kalyan is an Icon for the Box Office Power House with his top notch opening collections and scintillating performances. His image and craze among the trade circles and the public is just near to Chiranjeevi. In the career spanning 11 years, he has performed all shades of roles and was well appreciated by the masses. His 13th movie is under shoot and Geetha arts is producing the film. He is the only star in the current generation who dared to direct a movie when his career was in peek.
Pavan Kalyan, the hero who could get huge following with just 6 movies to his credit and able to make his 7th movie grossing more than 20 crores, is a simple, humble and away-from-publicity guy. Media is always keen on him as they know nothing about him.
Pavan Kalyan was well resourced when he stepped into films. His big brother Megastar Chiranjeevi’s ardent fan following getting ready to embrace the launch of another member from the Mega family, his second brother Nagababu – a producer, his brother-in-law Allu Aravind – an ace producer. What else would one need?
Pavan Kalyan was first married to Nandini, whom he divorced on 13 August 2008. Pavan Kalyan has been married to Renu Desai (On 28 January 2009) , a co-star, who is currently owning a design store called Designs. The happy couple are blessed with one son, Akira. Despite his latest release and directorial debut, the hugely expensive Johnny, faring disastrously at the box office, actor Pavan Kalyan’s place among the top five stars in the Telugu film industry remains secure, at least for now.
Kalyan, younger brother of Megarstar Chiranjeevi, created a record in the Telugu film industry by selling Johnny for a record-breaking Rs 210 million and releasing it in more than 300 theatres. Viewers made a beeline for the first few shows, but the tragic tale of a young man running from pillar to post to save his cancer-stricken wife failed to click with the audiences.
His fans felt that if Kalyan had made a youthful entertainer — the sort he’s known for — the distributors would have laughed all the way to the bank. A few industry bigwigs praised his directorial ability, but others questioned the choice of subject for his debut venture.
Kalyan’s disappointed fans, however, are already looking forward to his next film, produced by his other brother Nagababu. Directed by Veerasankar, it stars Meera Jasmine as his leading lady. He is also working on a film directed by Karunakaran for ace producer Aswini Dutt. It remains to be seen which film reaches the theatres first.
Shy by nature, Kalyan dreamt of becoming a film technician. It was Chiranjeevi’s wife Surekha who convinced him to become an actor. Chiranjeevi’s brother-in-law Allu Aravind launched Kalyan with great fanfare in Akada Abbai Ikkada Ammayi, but the movie failed to make an impact at the box office.
Though Pavan Kalyan was launched in a big way with Akkada Ammayi Ikkada Abbayi in 1996, all one could see in him was Chiranjeevi’s brother. Continued the same trend for another two movies – Gokulamlo Sita and Suswagatham. Pavan Kalyan’s discipline and dedication comes from the martial arts that he has been practising. To clarify some of the critics comments about his martial arts skills, Pavan Kalyan demonstrated a show amidst a huge audience at Ravindra Barathi. He was awarded the title “Pavan”, symbolising Lord Hanuman for his energy. Hence Kalyan was rechristined as Pavan Kalyan.
In 1998, Tholi Prema released. It initially started out low profile but the treatement and the storyline along with melodious and balanced music by Deva took the movie to great heights and so did the image of Pavan Kalyan. Tholi Prema is a milestone in Pavan Kalyan’s career. It is the movie which made the audience recognize the talent him.
Thammudu, another blockbuster followed, is a remake of Jo Jeetha Wohi Sikkandar with a difference that Pavan Kalyan is a kickbocxer.
Kalyan teamed up with a new director, Puri Jagannath, for his next film, Badri (1999). His superstardom was evident when the movie traded for an astronomical sum, leaving the Telugu industry amazed and his critics carping. But Kalyan silenced them when the love story opened well and went on to make a huge profit.
Badri’s action sequences were well appreciated by the audiences and added a new dimension to Kalyan’s loverboy image. “I pick those down-to-earth characters to identify myself with a wider section of the youth,” said the PowerStar. He consciously began to increase the gap between his releases.
Producer A M Ratnam signed him for a remake of his Tamil hit Khushi. The movie exploited Kalyan’s loverboy-cum-action hero image. The ego clashes between the protagonists (Kalyan and Boomika) were widely appreciated and the film went on to become the biggest hit of his career, grossing Rs 27 crore (approximately US $5.72 million).
Pavan Kalyan is, as reported by media by then, involves himself in other aspects of the film too. Though few criticize that, it’s his responsibility and commitment to the project that makes him take care of everything. And ofcourse, it worked each and every time. Kushi, released in 2001, created records. Kushi, his 7th movie, went on to get a gross of 20 crores.
By this time, he had stopped interacting with the local press and even skipped the press meets organised to cover his films. He only granted interviews to a few English magazines, but later discontinued this practice as well. He shot his debut venture in a low-profile manner and shrouded it in secrecy. The media were warned against using stills of Johnny without permission.
Just before the film’s release, Kalyan was in the news when he accused the Deccan Chronicle Group of publications of making baseless allegations against him and his brother, Chiranjeevi. He, Nagababu and Allu Aravind staged a dharna before its office in Secunderabad, with fans organising a rasta roko (road blockade) in his support.
Pavan made his first official directorial debut with Johnny, for which he traveled to Japan to get trained in martial art Aikido. Renu Desai and himself cast as lead actors, the film did not do well at the box-office. Gudumba Shankar (2004), for which Pavan contributed screenplay miserably failed to reach the expectations of the audience. Balu (2005) by Vyjayanthi Films didn’t do too well. His next movie Bangaram was average. Annavaram (2007) was good grosser.
Jalsa (2008), is the most widely released south Indian picture ever (approximately 1000 theaters worldwide). The movie hit the screens with high expectations and created record of collecting more than 42 crores with in 50 days of its release another big hit in Pavan’s Career. Currently he is acting in a film named Komaram Puli directed by S.J Suryah, cinematography by twice IIFA award winner Binod Pradan and music of this film is given by the Oscar award winner A.R.Rehman.
Pavan Kalyan is involved in the State politics of Andhra Pradesh. He has campaigned for the Praja Rajyam Party, which was led by his own brother Chiranjeevi. He was appointed as the president of Yuva Rajyam, the youth wing of Praja Rajyam.
Media have every reason to misinterpret him. They write a lot about him. He was completely down after Johnny. What he thought of Johnny and what got translated on screen was very different. He compensated the distributors’ loss. He have always shared the loss and no one talks about it. Nevertheless, he is a very content person and he never felt that he should use media to justify his actions. He always thinks that movies are the only source of media for him to interact with the audience and his fans. The fact that he has not celebrated even a single ‘Success Meet’ or a function after his movie reaches a landmark shows his modesty and simplicity. His sheer disinterest in media is the reason for the bad propagation about him in the media. Also Pavan did not receive any award for his movies so far as he is not media friendly. The fact that he did not receive the Best Actor award for Khushi in 2001, the year in which Telugu film industry was in crisis shows the non-cooperation of media to him.
Pavan Kalyan has started an organization called Common Man Protection Force(CMPF) in October 2007. He has contributed 1 crore INR towards the corpus fund, CMPF aims to solve the social problems, help the neglected sections of the society, in India. He makes sure that all this films have a message for the viewers, making them aware of the problems in the society and quest towards the solutions. He is a person who always questions his motives constantly.
Great Respect for women
Pavan in all his movies made sure that women are never insulted ..proof for it would be that there were no double meaning dailogues, irritating club songs, underplayed roles of heroine. You can go with your family and enjoy his movies always.
Great musical and Lyrical values
According to Keeravani a great music director , Pavan is one of very few who got great music taste and judgement…We can understand as all his movies are great muscial hits. Pavan has great love towards good literature and lyrical values…All lyrics in his movies have good lyrical values and underlying message.
Keeping Low profile created Wrong perception
Pavan is very private person and always keeps low profile of himself. And tries to keep away from media. That was taken as advantage by some yellow journalits and a section of media to create hypothetical , imaginary and cock and bull stories about Pavan kalyan. As we all are aware , major percentage of people will be just carried away by gossips and fake news rather than having good inputs , analyzing things and then coming to a decision…some people got wrong perception about him.
Others about Power Star
Madhu Ambat ( great cinematographer)….”I have hardly seen youngsters who have that much great knowledge and clarity on film making. Pavan is one of them and he always thrives for perfection.”
A.M. Ratnam ( a veteran film maker-Surya Movies) … ” To the extent of my knowledge, there are only two people who have great judgement and crystal clarity on commercial film making in south India..one is Rajnikanth and another is Pavan kalyan”.
Trivikram Srinivas… ” He is one of the greatest personalities I have ever met. I got inspired and have learnt many things from him…He is not only a reel life hero but also a real life Hero.”
Surya ( Veteran actor –gold medalist in Asian school of drama)…” I have noticed an approach like a hollywood director in him. His hardwork and passion for better output inspired me a lot.”
Pavan Kalyan is a Vegetarian.
He holds a Black Belt in Martial arts and did real stunts for his movies – Akkada Ammayi Ikkada Abbai and Thammudu.
Founded an organisation called Common Man Protection Force. It aims to solve the social problems and help the neglected sections of the society
He demonstrated his martial arts skills before a huge audience at Ravindra Barathi and was awarded the title ‘Pawan’
Surrendered his revolver when his niece, Srija, who married against her family’s wishes, told the media that she perceived a threat to her life from her family.
Pepsi First south Indian actor to appear in an endorsement, for the soft drink PEPSI.
Whenever he is free he can be seen in Shankarpally where he retreats for days together amidst the exotic surroundings.
Renu Desai is the Costume designer for most of his films.
He was a member of the Madras Rifle Club.
Chiranjeevi’s wife Surekha who convinced him to become an actor.
He returned money back to the distributors for his film Johnny didnt do well at the Box Office.
Apart from being an actor, he feels also as a Director, Screenplay writer, Choreographer, Stunt Master and a Playback singer.
“Victory” Venkatesh is a good friend of Pavan Kalyan and both expressed their interest to act in a film.
Tamil sensational actor Vijay is also a good friend and great fan of him.
Tamil and Telugu actress Trisha in an interview said that, she had a crush on Pavan Kalyan.
Telugu actresses Nikitha, Genelia and shriya are also big fans of pavankalyan.
He has a good rapport with music director Ramana Gogula and the creative directors – Puri Jagannadh and A. Karunakaran.
His favourite past time is reading books and planting saplings.He has a farm house in the outskirts of hyderabad where he grows vegetables,fruits.
He is the most misunderstood man in the Telugu film industry, But there is no denying Kalyan’s star power.
Superstardom and “pavan-Mania”:
The move from “star” to “powerstar” came when pavan kalyan played “balu”in the 1998 blockbuster toliprema.the highest critical aclaimed movie It also received 6 nandi awards. Over the course of the next few years he would become a household name statewide,synonymous with labels such as “teenage heart-throb”.In 1999 pavankalyan began a shift away to action and love involved movies and moved to engage himself by starring in three epic movies:Thammudu,Badri,Khushi.All three films were very well received by critics.His stardom took such a high because he is the only actor in the Telugu film fraternity to give four block-busters in a row. He mainly attracted youth and college students with his movies in college back-drop and he has most of his following in the youth and also the most popular and liked actor in the youth. Hence irrespective of hits and flops his films receive a tremendous opening collections.
By 2002, Pavan Kalyan is shot to such a fame that Pepsi decided to put him against their arch rival Coke (Thumbs Up), being promoted by his big brother, Chiranjeevi.
Pavan Kalyan was never a media accessible person. Pavan Kalyan, in one of his interviews, commented that he is an artist and hence it’s not him but his films that should do the talking.
Creating a niche of his own, Pavan Kalyan utilized the provided platform to become a successful actor,winning many hearts and fans and of course controversies along a career that has spanned nearly a decade. pavan kalyan based firmly on acting that idolized a typical Andhra Young Man and attracted huge following among the youth.
But after the intro of Chiranjeevi into the political arena with his party Prajarajyam,Pavwan Kalyan also has shared his set of controversies both in career and in life such as his well publicised divorce,and the elope of Chiranjeevi’s daughter. Apart from such controversies his philanthropic and outspoken nature attract both followers and rivals.
Akkada Ammayi Ikkada Abbayi.….Kalyan
Cast: Pavan Kalyan, Supriya, Rambha, Sarath BabuMusic Director: KotiDirector:E V V SatyanarayanaReleased on:May 21, 1996
Dangerous stunts and martial arts in this movie was done by his own
Cast: Pavan Kalyan, Raasi, Harish, Kota Sreenivas Rao,Music Director: KotiDirector: Muthyala SubbaiahProducer: GVG RajuReleased on: August 22, 1997
This movie brought mass image to Pavan Kalyan. This movie completed its 100 day run in 11 theaters.
It is a remake of Tamil film Gokulathil Seethai starring Karthik.
Cast: Pavan Kalyan, Devayani, Raghuvaran, Prakash Raj, SudhakarMusic Director: S A Raj KumarDirector: Bheemaneni Sreenivasa RaoProducer: R B ChowdaryReleased on: January 1, 1998
This film is the first biggest hit of ‘Pavankalyan’ and managed to run for 100Days in 16 centres. And this movie eventually made Pavankalyan as one of the big commercial hero in the tollywood after the existing top heros.
This film is a remake of the hit Tamil film ‘Love Today’
Cast: Pavan Kalyan, Keerthi Reddy, Vasuki, AliMusic Director: DevaDirector: A KarunakaranProducer: GVG RajuReleased on: July 24, 1998
Karunakaran saw Pavan Kalyan’s photo on a news magazine at a pan shop in chennai and decided that he would be the lead actor in his movie.
Karunakaran is a painter in real life. Keerthi Reddy’s picture on the post cards was drawn by him.
Pavan Kalyan cut down his remuneration to fund the Taj Mahal set in “Gagananiki Udayam Okate”.
The film had run for more than 100 days in 21 centres.
The film had run for more than 200 days in 2 centres.
Pavan Kalyan’s bike in toli prema is shown as a modified version of 2 stroke RX-100 but the bike shown after modificaiton is a 4 stroke dirtbike.
There is no female voice in any of the songs in the movie.
The film was later remade in Hindi as Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai starring Tusshar Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor.It was dubbed in Tamil as Aanandha Mazhai.
Winner of National Award Best Feature Film and run for more than 365 days
Thammudu…Subrahmanyam (Subbu, Subhash)
Cast: Pavan Kalyan, Preeti Jingiani, Aditi Govitrikar, Achyuth, Chandra Mohan, Mallikarjuna RaoMusic Director: Ramana GogulaDirector: P.A. Arun PrasadProducer: Sivarama Krishna BReleased on: July 15, 1999
This film is loosely based on the 1989 English movie Kickboxer (film)
This film is highly influenced from 1992 Hindi movie Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar
Cast: Pavan Kalyan, Renu Desai, Amisha Patel, Prakash RajMusic Director: Ramana GogulaDirector: Puri JagannathProducer: T Trivikrama RaoReleased on: 20 April 2000
The film grossed more than Rs.120 million.
This film completed its 100 Days run in 42 Centres.
Cast: Pavan Kalyan, Bhoomika Chawla, Nazar, Vijay KumarMusic Director: ManisharmaDirector: SJ SuriyaProducer: AM RatnamReleased on: 27 April 2001
Kushi, his 7th movie, went on to get a gross of 20 crores.
Cast: Pavan KalyanMusic Director: Ramana GogulaDirector: Pawan KalyanProducer: Allu AravindReleased on: 25 April 2003
The film did not do great at the boxoffice but the movie has touching moments and became a canvas of Pavan’s directorial skills.
Pavan Kalyan was in Japan for a brief period learing Akido martial art for the film.
Gudumba Shankar…..Gudumba Shankar, Kalyan ji Anand Ji
Cast: Pavan Kalyan, Meera Jasmine, Ashish Vidhyardhi, Sayaji Shinde, AliMusic Director: ManisharmaDirector: Veera ShankarProducer: NagendraReleased on: 10 September 2004
This film has Pavan Kalyan written all over it. Stunts and songs are conceptualized by Pawan Kalyan. He also got the credits for screenplay. The film is a good family entertainer.
Cast: Pavan Kalyan, Shriya, Jayasudha and Neha OberoiMusic Director: ManisharmaDirector: A KarunakaranProducer: C. Ashwini DuttReleased on: January 6, 2005
The film had a 50-day run in 61 centres.
This was the first telugu movie to be released in South Africa after 40 years and received overwhelming response there.
Cast: Pavan Kalyan, Meera Chopra, Trisha, Mukesh Rishi, Reema SenMusic Director: VidyasagarDirector: DharaniProducer: AM RatnamReleased on: May 3, 2006
Although it opened with extraordinary collections grossing almost 10 crores opening week, the film came out to be a disappointment.
Cast: Pavan Kalyan, Siva Balaji, Asin, SandhyaMusic Director: Ramana GogulaDirector: Bhimaneni Srinivasa RaoProducer: R B ChoudaryReleased on: December 29, 2006
This film is a remake of Tamil hit Thirupaachi
The film was also remade into Hindi as Bhai starring Abhishek Bachchan and Asin.
Zee Telugu bought the rights of this film at a price of Rs. 15 crores.
Crores of rupees were spent on sophisticated cameras to choreograph the songs.
On Day 1, the film grossed 3.75 crores. In its first week of release, the film grossed a share of 12.44 crores, which is the best opening for any of Pawan Kalyan’s films. In the second week, the film grossed a share of 18 crores. After three weeks, the film grossed a share of 27 crores.
The film had a 50-day run in 131 centres.
Movie ran for 100 days in 7 centres and managed to be a good hit based on it’s collections and the complete run.
Cast: Pavan Kalyan, Ileana, Parvathi Melton,Music Director: Devisri PrasadDirector: Trivikram SreenivasProducer: Allu AravindReleased on: April 2, 2008
The audio rights were sold to Aditya Music for 90 lakhs , the highest for a Telugu film ever in the recent times.
The film released with 320 prints in 1000 theatres.
The film crossed Rs 21 crores in its opening week.The film’s gross collection for the first 50 Days is Rs.42 Crores and collected 73 crores in its complete 100 days run with 159 centres. And recorded as the highest grosser of the tollywood till date.
This was the last appearance singer Kay Kay made in telugu for the song My Heart Is Beating.
Komuram Puli.…Komaram Puli
Cast: Pavan Kalyan, Nikesha Patel, Saranya, Manoj Bajpai, Nasser, Girish KannadMusic Director: AR RahmanDirector: SJ SuriyaProducer: Singamala Ramesh
Komaram is taken from the surname of the Gond martyr Komaram Bheem who fought against the erst while Asaf Jahi dynasty for the liberation of Hyderabad State.
Pavan Kalyan has gone through a makeover to suit himself to the role of powerful cop with a moustache and military cut.
Audio Rights were sold for 2 crores.
Komaram Puli Satellite rights have been bought for 6 crores by Gemini.
Collected a whopping 23 crores in First week of its release.
Movie on Jesus Christ
Direction: Singeetham Srinivasa Rao
Music: Devisri Prasad
Producer: Konda Krishnam Raju
Remake of Love AajKal (Parameswari Arts Movies)
Direction: Jayanth C Paranjee
Dialogues: Trivikram Srinivas
Shankar Dada MBBS….Cameo Role
Shankar Dada Zindabad…Suresh
Satyagrahi (2008) (in production) (screenplay)
Gudumba Shankar (2004) (screenplay)
Johnny (2003) (screenplay) (story)
Johnny (2003) (stunts)
Daddy (2001/I) (stunts)
Khushi (2001) (stunts)
Satyagrahi (2008) (in production)
Johnny (2003) (playback singer)
Shart: The Challenge (2004) …. Himself